Every Womans Health

Health Issues Facing Women at Home and Around the World
Women are concerned with a variety of healthcare topics, and we do our best to cover a broad range in each of our quarterly issues. Topics covered in “Every Woman’s Health” might include overviews of common women’s health issues like cardiovascular health, rheumatoid arthritis, or bone health, for example, or offer skin care advice from dermatologists or tips for combating sleep disorders or depression.

Hair Loss after Having a Baby: What to Expect

By Jessica J. Krant, MD, FAAD Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology SUNY Downstate Medical Center If you’ve recently given birth and are concerned about hair loss, there is no need to worry. Many women experience noticeable hair shedding after having a baby; it is normal, temporary, and caused by falling estrogen levels. It usually starts […]

Diagnosis: Osteopenia

By Diane L. Schneider, MD Karen, age 55, just had her first bone-density test. The results indicated osteopenia. She wanted to know what she should do, and she asked the most common question that comes up in the wake of this diagnosis: “Should I be taking a medicine for my bones?” What Is Osteopenia? Osteopenia […]

Head and Heart: Sharing Her Story for The Greater Good

A stroke survivor shares her story to empower other women with information and support. By the American Heart Association A week before her college graduation, a severe headache and numbness in her left arm sent Lisa Deck to the hospital. She never dreamed she could be having a stroke. At first neither did the doctors. […]

Go Far, Be Well

Whether you travel once a year or once a week, planning ahead to maintain wellness and manage any medical issues that arise on the road can help ensure a safer, more pleasant experience. By Diana Price When Jeanine Barone was growing up, travel—even to the beach or a neighboring state—wasn’t an option. “I had what […]

Inform, Engage, Empower

Make the most of your time with your rheumatologist by understanding the content and flow of a typical appointment. By Diana Price Shannon Wylie was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 1978; she was four years old. Since the diagnosis the San Antonio, Texas, resident has used a wide range of medications and has undergone […]

A Mismatch Between Pill and Problem

Behind the headlines about the US prescription opioid crisis lie complicated choices around pain. By Sharon Reynolds On either side of the story, the statistics are staggering. In 2013 healthcare providers in the United States wrote almost 250 million prescriptions for opioids to treat pain.1 Since 1999 the number of unintentional deaths from overdoses involving […]

Patients Rising Voices of Value Mariah Leach

By Terry Wilcox “My name is Mariah. I have RA. It doesn’t have me.” These inspiring words greet anyone who visits the personal blog (FromThisPointForward.com) of Mariah Leach: “From This Point. Forward.” Mariah’s site chronicles her daily battle with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a disease she was diagnosed with when she was only 25 years old. […]

This Is Not Your Mother’s Pregnancy

It’s in the Genes Advances in genetic testing are offering women more information than ever before about their genetic makeup and are providing opportunities for empowered decision making related to a wide range of health issues. In this recurring column, experts provide vital information about how genetic testing suits one’s individual needs, potential risks and […]

Overcoming Obesity with Surgery

People struggling with excessive weight are increasingly benefiting from bariatric treatment. By Heather Stringer Karina Falcon had struggled with being overweight for most of her life, at just an inch over 5 feet tall and weighing 270 pounds. People stared when she stepped on a bus and tried to fit into a seat. Karina was […]

In Health As In Life: Teach Your Daughters Well

Helping girls and young women manage autoimmune disease in childhood is an ongoing journey for mothers and daughters. By Cathy Patty-Resk, CPNP If you’re the mother of a daughter, you have felt the intensity of the bond that unites parent and child in this unique relationship. You have been tireless in your efforts to keep […]